Celebrate structure Improve your garden’s ‘good bones’ with tips and inspiration from the Royal Gardens at Highgrove

 Be inspired by… festive fir cones, a colourful evergreen border, new plants with festive warmth, best coloured stems, Christmas kokedama and our conifer quiz

 Make the most of natural treasures Raid your garden for greenery, berries, twigs and seedheads to transform into elegant displays

 Hooked on heucheras Admire their scalloped, often patterned winter foliage in zingy lime, marmalade, silver, plum and chocolate shades

 Give a gift that keeps on growing 10 top plants that make delightful Christmas gifts – with care guides

 What to do this month Make a mini coldframe, plant shrubs for winter colour, tidy alpines and tree pruning

 Celebrate the season with a festive pot Winter shrubs, flowers and bulbs will shine on the dullest days

 Frame flowers with elegant stems Purple-stemmed dogwoods and Christmas hellebores bring glamour to the darkest months

 Make a hanging terrarium Fill stylish glass planters with foliage plants for a year-round display

 “Frost makes our prairie look magical” A dramatic ‘big sky’ garden in Sussex combines grasses, seedheads and sculpture

 “It’s all about colour and fragrance” Winter plant combinations work on an intimate scale at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum

 “Winter structure is so important” Fiona Chancellor has made clever use of topiary and sculpture at Windy Ridge in Shropshire

 Compton Acres Visit this classic British garden with woodland, water and international influences

 Look after winter wildlife Help out hibernators and treat feathered friends with fat-rich treats

 Plant a nut tree Grow a hazel, walnut or almond and enjoy a nutty harvest each winter

 Ask Garden Answers Help with flowering shrubs and houseplants

 Make a dog-friendly garden Use natural elements to calm, shade and stimulate canine companions

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Christmas gift guide Ideal stocking fillers and presents for green-fingered friends including patio pretties, little luxuries and sartorial solutions for a gardening wardrobe

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Half-price autumn-flowering nerines Buy a collection of four Nerine bowdenii cultivars – 40 bulbs for £34.96!

6 free* strawberry ‘Cambridge Favourite’ plants and a host of fruit offers. *Just pay postage

Over to you Readers’ gardening stories and photos – keep sending in your #inflowernow pics

Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch for chances to win Blenheim Palace tickets and a £50 Hayloft voucher

Garden view Helen Billiald shares some of her gardening successes and failures during 2016





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